Summer YCC Success at Iron River NFH
BY CAREY EDWARDS IRON RIVER NFH
vaccination at the Iron River National Fish Hatchery. Credit: USFWS
The Youth Conservation Corp (YCC) is a summer employment program for young men and women aged 15 through 18 that allow America’s youth to further the development and maintenance of the natural resource on federally managed lands. The program is eight to ten weeks in duration and is available to any appropriately aged youth regardless of social, economic, ethnic, racial and disabled status. Members are selected in a random method. YCC was authorized in 1970 and opportunities for employment are found within the National Park Service, US Forest Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
YCC members are provided the opportunity to increase self-esteem, learn self-discipline, work ethic, relate with peers and supervisors and develop knowledge and understanding of the nation’s natural environment and heritage. It also prepares them for the responsibility of maintaining and managing these resources for the American people.
hatchery including basic fish culture tank cleaning. Credit: USFWS
Melissa Walsh and Chance Brochu were this year’s YCC participants at the Iron River National Fish Hatchery (NFH). They were given a wide spectrum of tasks from natural resource management to hand labor projects as well as the opportunity to work with other agencies. The students were instrumental in maintaining hatchery grounds and trails and participating in fish culture.
In the spring, all interested and qualifying applicants should submit an application to the Iron River National Fish Hatchery. Applications can be picked up at the hatchery or downloaded at: http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/programs/ycc/ycc_appl.pdf.
We hope to see your application next spring!